Danny Elfman, from the films of Tim Burton, Royal Albert Hall

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Last night I took part in a pair (high demand) of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in which the programme was exclusive of all but a single composer. Danny Elfman’s music has been used consistently by director Tim Burton in his films since the 1980s. Consequently there is a great canon of work from a quarter century of utterly unique filmmaking. The concerts presented excerpts from many of these scores with the London Concert Orchestra and the Maida Vale Singers (with whom I was singing) under the baton of John Mauceri. In addition, a remarkable – and unusually supple! – violinist, Sandy Cameron and the composer himself took to the stage, the latter making a hugely popular and thoroughly entertaining turn ‘as Jack Skellington’.